Karen Paida is a young and talented Zimbabwean with a versatile portifolio. She is a TV host, model, MC, voice over artist and currently a radio presenter at Capitalkfm,
What three words would your family and friends use to describe you?
Passionate, determined & talkative.
When you are not on radio or being an MC what do you get up to?
I love watching movies and series, I suck because I love the cheesy stuff, the dramas that make you cry, yah!
Talk us through your TLC Africa experience, since then how has it influenced your work as a presenter?
Its influenced my presenting skills in a big way, we went through extensive training while a boot camp and they taught us about brand building and TV in general and of course some lessons I will always live by.
How do you prepare yourself before going on air (TV/radio) or hosting an event?
Extensive research on my subject matter is very important, I need to know what I’m going to say, and in some cases practice how I’m going to say it. I do this by either reading it out loud to myself or if it’s for TV practicing in from of the mirror.
Given your wide portfolio as a presenter, voice over artist, MC, model, if you were to pick one thing, which one would you do for the rest of your life and why?
Now that’s a tough one because all these jobs are interlinked so it’s had to pick one over the other. But, gun to the head, I’d pick TV. It was my first love!
From your experience, what are the best things about being a media personality and what are the downsides?
Best things are the perks, free travels, lots of goodie bags. Worst thing is living up to people’s expectations.
How do you deal with the pressure of having to strike a balance between your work and personal life?
Hardest thing I tell you, but inevitably more time always goes to my work, so I’m still learning. I’d pick work over social life any day, and that’s somewhat a problem, depending on how you look at it of course.
Looking back, 5 years ago, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Even shy people are good on TV and Radio. If I had told myself that, I would’ve started sooner.
Describe a typical day in your life.
During the day I’m at Capitalkfm working on either podcasts, my blog, my show, or websites (yes I did my website by myself and I make websites for others) on a good day when I’m not shooting for TV in the evening, I’m relaxing at home.
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
My phone, I feel empty.
Where in the world is your dream destination and why?
Paris, the home of fashion and love, why not!
What has been the recipe to the success in your career?
Prayer and being Humble.
What is the soundtrack to your life right now?
I’m motivated by 1 song Beyonce, I was here, because this song is a constant reminder that I don’t want what I do to benefit me alone. If it is then I’m doing I wrong.
If you had to give something up for a year what would it be and why?
My phone, my addiction is a little unhealthy don’t you think?
Who inspires you the most in life?
The queen of media Oprah and Bonang Queen of brand building.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Be in competition with yourself, it’s not about who is better than you it’s about making yourself better.
If you could, what is the one thing you would change about yourself?
IM extremely impatient, I would change that.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years, in your life and your career?
Not just being in shows but making shows.
How would you like to be remembered? For putting my all into helping people.
What advice would you give to young people who look up to you as a role model?
Prayer is your greatest tool, never lose yourself trying to make yourself relevant in this field, and if you stay grounded to your principals, you won’t fall for just anything.
Social media/website links
Instagram – @karen_paida
Blog – www.karenpaida.com/blog-1